Beware the Lemures

 

In historical Rome, the folks of the time believed in spirits referred to as Lemures. They have been considered benevolent spirits of deceased family members who could not afford a correct burial and have been now stressed. If one was not interred, in a tomb or cremated and positioned in an urn, the soul couldn’t cross the River Styx which is how the residing handed into the world of the lifeless. These ghosts would come at evening to terrorize the residing. Though it’s a time period largely utilized in antiquity Lemures are generally utilized in tabletop RPGs in addition to fantasy based mostly characters of literature and video video games.

 

“Mense Maio malae nubent…They wed sick who wed in Could!   

 

This was such a priority for the Romans that they celebrated  Lemuria, a competition to appease these spirits. It was held on Could 9, 11, and 13 and sure rituals can be carried out to be able to exorcize them. On the primary day, the pinnacle of the family would rise at midnight barefoot, wash his fingers thrice, stroll round throwing beans over his shoulder whereas reciting this line 9 instances “I ship these; with these beans, I redeem me and mine.” The beans have been mentioned to be choices to the Lemures. The Vestal Virgins would put together salted flour and sprinkle it on animals which might then be sacrificed on an altar and burned on a sacred fireplace on the second day. Then on the 13 of Could, they might throw 30 pictures of outdated males from a bridge into the Tiber River. The entire month grew to become referred to as unfortunate as a result of festivities and people who wed throughout the month might convey loss of life upon themselves.

 

    The Lemur’s title was derived from the Lemures. They got the title as a result of their nocturnal conduct and sluggish actions. Though their glowing eyes within the evening and

 their ghostly cries absolutely are becoming as nicely. No surprise why they have been used within the tragedy of Faust as half undead creatures who bury Faust’s physique.

 

 

Written By

Stephanie Sutera

Affiliate Director & Photographer

Thames Society of Paranormal Investigations

tspiparanormal.com

 

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